Chatuchak Weekend Market


( Chatuchak Weekend Market )

The Chatuchak Weekend Market (Thai: ตลาดนัดจตุจักร, RTGS: Talatnat Chatuchak pronunciation ), on Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road, Chatuchak, Bangkok, is the largest market in Thailand. Also known as JJ Market, it has more than 15,000 stalls and 11,505 vendors (2019), divided into 27 sections. Chatuchak Market sells many different kinds of goods, including plants, antiques, consumer electronics, cosmetics, pets, fresh and dry food and drinks, ceramics, furniture and home accessories, clothing, and books.

It is the world's largest and most diverse weekend market, with over 200,000 visitors every weekend.

Chatuchak Market has been open since 1942.[1] In 1948, Prime Minister Plaek Phibunsongkhram had a policy that every province was required to have its own market. Bangkok chose Sanam Luang as the market site. After a few months, the government moved the market to Sanam Chai. The market moved back to Sanam Luang in 1958.

Starting in 1975, General Kriangsak Chamanan have the policy to use Sanam Luang as a place of recreational activity for the populace which will also be used for commemorating ceremony. As General Kriangsak Chamanan was the chairman of State Railway of Thailand as that time, he thus permitted the use of land on the south side of Chatuchak Park as a market. His design was to recycled waste from the looming Din Daeng Garbage Mountain which has stacked up across the decades to use as landfills, where he recruited military engineers for the job. The park was fully completed in 1978, when General Kriangsak Chomanan became the Prime Minister.[2] [3]

By 1983, all of the merchants had moved to Chatuchak. At that time the market was called Phahonyothin Market. In 1987, its name was changed to Chatuchak Market.[4]

The clock tower is a distinctive landmark in the Chatuchuk Market. It was built in 1987 on the occasion of King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 60th birthday on 5 December 1987, a cooperative effort of the market administration and Thai-Chinese Merchant Association.[5]

^ "Chatuchak Weekend Market Bangkok". ^ "เกี่ยวกับเรา - กองอำนวยการตลาดนัดกรุงเทพมหานคร (ตลาดนัดเมืองมีน)". ^ "Food and music shops to look out for at Bangkok's Chatuchak Weekend Market". The Straits Times. 23 December 2016. ^ "ประวัติตลาดนัดจตุจักร ตลาดนัดสวนจตุจักร (Jatujak Market) | jj app แอฟพลิเคชั่นบนมือถือ สำหรับนักท่องเที่ยว ตลาดนัดสวนจตุจักร". Archived from the original on 2013-05-11. Retrieved 2014-11-29. ^ Davies, Ryan (2018-02-05). "Chatuchak's Clock Tower". Chatuchak Market: The World's Largest Weekend Market. Retrieved 2021-03-19.
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